Sushma Swaraj set to meet galaxy of leaders in NY

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is in New-york to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) meeting and interact with a galaxy of world leaders. Swaraj is scheduled to attend 20 to 30 bilateral and trilateral meetings with the head of various countries. She was received at the airport by the Indian ambassador to US, Navtej Sarna and India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

She will kick start her diplomatic meetings with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono respectively. Swaraj will also meet her Tunisian Counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay. However, she will not meet Pakistani external affairs minister who will also be present. She will participate in a meeting on UN Reforms which will be hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump. India has been very much vocal about the necessity of change in the structure of the United Nations. She is also scheduled to address the general assembly on 23rdof September.

The UNGA meets on the backdrop of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and tension along the Korean peninsula as well. UN may try to pressure India to open its gates and provide refugee to the Rohingya Muslims.

 

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TOI-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sushma-swaraj-in-new-york-to-attend-un-general-assembly-meet/articleshow/60725679.cms

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Trump blocks sale of US Tech firm to Chinese company

Trump administration has blocked the sale of a US technology firm, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, by the Chinese-backed company, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, citing National security concerns.

The US government reportedly uses Lattice products and they were concerned about the potential transfer of “intellectual property” which would happen as a result of the deal. This move comes amidst the progressively tough stand adopted by the US on business dealings with China.

The decision was taken under the Defence Production Act which authorizes the President to suspend or prohibit certain acquisitions by foreign parties that are deemed to be a threat to national security. The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is also the chairman of Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), whose recommendations aided in Trump’s decision, welcomed the move.

The company which has been seeking approval for the $1.3bn deal since November said in their statement that they were” disappointed” by the President’s decision whereas Lattice in their statement said that the shelved deal “was in the best interests of our shareholders, our customers, our employees and the United States”.

Sources: Economic Times, BBC 

Kim Jong Un “begging for war” says US Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley

United States Ambassador to United Nations, Nikki Haley said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday.
Haley began her remarks by urging the council to adopt strongest possible measures to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Citing the history of UN incremental approach against North Korea, Haley said that the security council’s response has not been able to stop Korea’s nuclear progress.
On Sunday, North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test since 2006, which was claimed as a hydrogen bomb by Kim Jong Un’s government.
After the latest test, United States President Donald Trump tweeted saying that the United States is considering ” stopping all trade” with any countries doing trade with North Korea which includes China, the largest trading partner of America. Haley in the emergency meeting also indirectly called out China for its business with North Korea.
During the emergency meeting, Liu Jeiyi, China’s representative to the UN stressed on the crisis to be peacefully solved and also made it clear that China will not support any war and chaos on Peninsula.
Recently, United states President Donald Trump has said that “talking is not answer” and supporting Trump’s statement, Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned of a massive military response to any threat from North Korea against the United states.

Links-

  1. CNN- http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/04/politics/haley-north-korea-united-nations/index.html

2. ITV- http://www.itv.com/news/2017-09-04/kim-jong-un-begging-for-war-us-tells-un-security-council/

 

White house and Kremlin deny collusion

President Trump’s organization, the Trump Organization, looked to assemble a gigantic Trump Tower in Moscow amid a year ago’s presidential race, as indicated by individuals comfortable with the arrangement and new records explored by the organization’s legal advisors, The Washington Post revealed only Sunday night.

Felix Sater, a Russian-born and engineer living in the United States, endeavoured to persuade then-hopeful Trump to visit Moscow “and suggested that he could get President Vladimir Putin to say ‘great things’ about Trump,” as indicated by The Post.

The daily paper said financial specialists and Trump’s organization had marked a letter of the plan to fabricate a Trump Tower in Moscow yet the venture, lacking area and grants, was relinquished toward the finish of January 2016, just before the U.S. presidential primaries started, as indicated by a few people acquainted with the proposition.

The Washington Post report comes in the midst of examinations by an autonomous exceptional insight and congressional panels into whether Trump battle helpers conspired with Moscow to impact the 2016 U.S. decision. Trump and the Russian government have denied any conspiracy.

In July 2016, Trump denied business connections with Russia and said on Twitter: “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.” He told a news conference the next day: “I have nothing to do with Russia.”

Insights about the proposed deals were contained in a group of messages to be swung over to congressional agents without further ado, the report said.

Sources – Reuters, White House Patch 

Trump bans transgenders from joining the military, officially

Signing a formal presidential memo, President of the United States, Donald Trump gave orders to the Pentagon to ban transgenders from joining the military, indefinitely. Trump had tweeted about the same in late July.

The presidential memo directs the secretaries of defence and Homeland Security to formulate a plan to implement the new policy. Stating that the new policy should come into effect from February, 2018, the presidential memo was issued on the evening of 25 August, 2017.

The ban brings up the question as to what will happen to the transgenders serving in the troops at the moment? The Obama administration in 2016 had declared that troops could serve openly as transgenders and had also set a deadline on deciding whether transgenders could be allowed in the military.

Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis has been given the authority of determining the fate of transgenders serving in the military currently based on factors such as; “military readiness”, budget constraints and “unit cohesion”. Trump has given Mattis six months to come up with a policy for those currently serving, and he must implement it by March 2018.

However, the memo puts forth orders for Pentagon to stop paying for transgender-related medical treatments that also include sex reassignment surgeries, for those currently serving. The only exceptions to be made are for those who have begun treatment.

Sen Tammy Duckworth, an Army combat veteran, said that the military shouldn’t exclude people based on their gender.

 

Sources – The Indian Express, NDTV

A new legislation for immigrants in the USA

After the immigrants’ issue in the USA, President Donald Trump announced that he supports a legislation which will cut in half the number of legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a “merit-based” system favoring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.

If this new legislation, Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act,  is passed then it can be beneficial for technology professionals and highly-educated people  from countries such as India.
Taking factors in account such as education, English language skills, , high- paying job offers and age, the new act will be a points-based system for earning a green card.

Speaking at the end Trump highlighted the event by saying that the Act will help in reduce proverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billion dollars.
Trump said at the White House during the event, “Trump said this legislation will not only restore America’s competitive edge in the 21st century, but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens.This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first,”.

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  1. The Times of India- http://m.timesofindia.com/india/donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-system-may-benefit-indians/articleshow/59891768.cms

2. NDTV- https://www.google.co.in/amp/m.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-plan-may-benefit-indian-professionals-1732768%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off

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Trump signs bill imposing sanctions on Russia

Washington, D.C., August 2: Following the passage of legislation imposing sanctions on Russia in the 115th U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump approved the law, albeit grudgingly, signing on the bill on August 2, 2017. He criticized the bill of consisting of “unconstitutional elements.”

Congress passed the legislation on July 25, 2017, with an overwhelming majority (419-3), imposing sanctions on North Korea and Iran along with Russia. Along with Russia’s energy sector, the sanctions include entities such as banks, weapons manufacturers, as well as those accused of interfering in the US Presidential Elections 2016. It also bars Trump from waiving the economic sanctions on Moscow without approval from Congress.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, while reacting to the passage of this bill, had ordered the US to cut the number of staff at its diplomatic mission by 755.

Interestingly, neither Trump nor Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson was in favor of this bill. Trump was reported to have signed the bill for “the sake of national unity” by USA Today. “It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States.” While Rex Tillerson said that, “neither the President nor I am very happy about that. We were clear that we didn’t think that was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that’s the decision they made.”

The bill, despite Trump’s reluctance, would have become a law because of the thumping majority it received in the Congress.

 

News Sources- RT, USA Today